Long Hill School principal is named in Shelton

Kristin Santilli has been appointed as principal of Long Hill Elementary School after serving as its interim principal since the summer.

School Supt. Freeman Burr said Santilli “hit the ground running” in July when she was appointed interim principal of the kindergarten-to-grade-four school.

Burr said she worked with the Boys & Girls Club on a before-school program and with the PTO to organize a welcome-back picnic, started a schoolwide campaign to choose the school’s colors and mascot, and has overseen security upgrades.

She did all this, he said, while assisting her replacement in the central office where she had been supervisor of literacy, assessment and professional learning.

Santilli said she was “thrilled and so excited” to be able to continue in her role at Long Hill, one of five elementary schools in the city.

She thanked the school’s staff and parents for their support, saying she worked with “a stellar group of individuals and professionals” and enjoyed collaborating closely with parents.

A contingent of staff members and parents attended the Board of Education meeting on Nov. 19 to show their support, when Santilli’s appointment was unanimously approved.

She received two standing ovations during the meeting, which was interrupted briefly to serve cake in her honor.

Santilli is the second new principal in a Shelton public school this year. Amy Yost became principal of Sunnyside Elementary School in January.